Silent gaming system

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  1. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

    Nov 2, 2004
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    I was wondering, what type of gaming system could one build with certain unbroken limits?

    1. No fans or other mechanical parts which make noise.

    2. No liquid cooling.

    I realize it would have to be a lower than max specced system. No GTX 2080 etc.

    Still, what could one build/purchase? What's the most powerful system with the above limitations?
  2. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

    May 13, 2002
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    I know of a 2600 running with an entirely passive cooler (though they used a big one on a 2700x ryzen cpu which did work too), there's also a RX 570 with an oversized heatsink that was down clocked to around i think it was 1150mhz, and someone did that to a R7 recently too, basically you can say goodbye to the 5 other slots below the card, again passive, and using the undervolt, the R7 was easier due to the fact that the HBM2 and GPU are all under one hood so to speak, the VRMs are more than capable of handling the load without being in direct contact, however i'm sure slapping individual heatsinks on them wouldn't hurt, i suspect running the R7 at around 1250-1500mhz should be plenty possible with the HBM at around 750-800mhz without it breaking much of a sweat and still being a bloody powerhouse of a chip.

    A beefy enough psu should be able to work passively too, so long as it's idle draw is sufficient.

    In all honesty i don't think it would necessarily be that difficult, it's mostly just putting it together carefully with the additional parts to make the modification piratical and safe, and if i were to do something like that myself, the case i'd put it in would likely be again a raven case or at least one that would thermally work to one's advantage to avoid building up hot spots, allowing the heat to rise and cool air to be drawn in from below, so a 90 degree board turn so that add in cards run vertical, and this should allow for a more stable large heatsink mount on the video card without serious sag.
  3. Calliers

    Calliers HH's MC Staff Member

    Oct 12, 2004
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    Check out this video, fun stuff.

    Oh, and might I add, if you're going to be building a fanless waterless PC, you'll probably need an open case, either a test bench one or one with no front, top, bottom or back.

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  4. Tipstaff

    Tipstaff Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2002
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    I've built several over the years. These days mostly HTPC machines. No more gaming.

    My advice would be to Google passive computers, and take a look at what pops up, like Silent PC's builds, or NoFan builds. Do a search on reviews for their systems, and other passive builds. Take note of what parts they've used, and try to match it.

    The reason I got away from completely passive systems is it's too expensive. Case alone, one that has heat pipes built in that run to a massive heatsink on the exterior like the old Zalman TNN 500AF, cost in the hundreds if not thousand dollar range. Just not realistic. The most prevalent cases you'll find these days for passive cooling are mini cases, cases mostly used for HTPC builds.

    In the end I've found it more efficient to go with a hybrid setup: go passive as much as you can, like the CPU (huge heatsink), GPU (you can get an Nvidia GTX1030 or GTX 1050 that are fanless), and power supply (Seasonic still makes a true fanless design, but it's expensive), throw the parts into a case that has sound proofing, and that uses the bare minimum fans.. maybe 2 running at 1000 RPM max.. or even 700 RPM (pay particular attention to reviews on fans at that speed.. just because they are low RPM doesn't mean their quiet as some have audible clicks when they run slow). Go with something just enough to pull air out of the case, push pull setup, but quiet enough you'd never hear them.

    Oh, and one way to get around the power supply issue is to go with an ITX board that uses a power adapter instead of requiring a power supply. Looks for something like "motherboard with external power supply". That should pop up a bunch. Otherwise you could go with a pico PSU, or similar adapter. It's converts an external power adapter for use with a motherboard that has an ATX connector. Usually around 120w to 250w max power though.

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